Based on over 100,000 recent U.S. Government tests, on 46 popular fruits and vegetables, The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non profit consumer watchdog group, came up with the “Dirty Dozen.” This is a grouping of 12 commercially grown fruits and vegetables that have the highest levels of toxic pesticide residue.
By choosing Certified Organic versions of the produce from this list and the processed food made from them (pies, juices, jams, sauces etc…), you will be taking a big step towards better health and limiting your exposure to harmful chemicals by as much as 90%. By limiting the toxic load on your body, you will also be helping yourself to avoid painful, chronic diseases.
The pesticides used in commercial farming are full of toxins that attack your nervous system, reproductive system and immune system, damage your brain and cause cancer. Developing fetuses and young children are especially at risk for being harmed by these chemicals.
EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce
Use the following Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce to reduce your exposures as much as possible. This list will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic.
The Dirty Dozen for 2011 – Buy these organic
- Nectarines– imported
- Grapes – imported
- Sweet bell peppers
- Blueberries– domestic
- Kale/collard greens
The Clean 15 – Lowest in Pesticide
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet peas
- Cantaloupe- domestic
- Sweet potatoes